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State Sponsored Terrorism Essay

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State Sponsored Terrorism.
According to the United States code
1) the term "international terrorism" means terrorism involving citizens or the territory of more than one country;
2) the term "terrorism" means premeditated, politically motivated violence perpetrated against non-combatant targets by sub national groups or clandestine agents; and
3) the term "terrorist group" means any group practicing, or which has significant subgroups which practice, international terrorism.

The United States Country Reports on Terrorism 2006 defines a state sponsor of terrorism as a state that "repeatedly provides support for acts of international terrorism."

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Israel
The prime minister of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, had accused Ariel Sharon of "state terrorism" against Palestinians and likened their treatment to that of Jews under the Spanish inquisition. His comments to the Israeli newspaper, Ha'aretz, came after an international outcry over the killing of about 60 Palestinians, including many civilians and children in an assault on Rafah in Gaza.

Italy
Operation Gladio was a clandestine "stay-behind" operation sponsored by the CIA and NATO to counter communist influence after World War II in Italy, as well as in other European countries, which is alleged to have been involved in various terrorist acts.

Iran
The governments of the United States, the United Kingdom, Israel, Kazakhstan, and Yemen have accused the Ahmadinejad administration of sponsoring terrorism either in their, or against their, respective countries. United States President George W. Bush has called Iran the "world's primary state sponsor of terror."

Libya
After the military overthrow of King Idris in 1969 the Libyan Arab Republic (later the Great Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya) to the bewilderment of some supported with weapon supplies, training camps located within Libya and monetary finances an array of armed paramilitary groups both left wing and right wing.

North Korea
North Korea has been implicated in terrorist acts such as Korean Air Flight 858.

Pakistan
Pakistan has been accused by India, Afghanistan, and other nations (including the United States, the United Kingdom and China of its involvement in the Terrorism in Kashmir, Afghanistan, and China.

South Africa
The government of Apartheid South Africa has been accused of involvement in a series of incidents. However, these incidents either remain unsolved, unproven or others have actually been convicted for the acts.

Soviet Union
The first official announcement, published in Izvestiya, "Appeal to the Working...

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